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Thursday, September 18, 2014

What's Another Word For Synonym?

One thing I've discovered about working in non-profit is that basically everyone you work with has a great sense of humor. They're all pretty wacky and fun. Since I'm up at the front desk and have several offices off to the side, I am not only the literal water cooler location, I get to see and hear what's going on in the offices around me a lot of times too.


As the resident English major, I occasionally have coworkers ask me to do things like whip up text for a flier or check over their emails for grammar and punctuation before they send them off.

So the other day I was working at my front desk and one of my coworkers calls out from her office to my left:
Her: Hey! Sarah! How do you spell leery?
Me: Like, wary? Or hesitant?
Her: Oh, yeah, that's better. I'll use hesitant.
*pause*
Her: You're like my personal, uh, synonym box!
Me: ...Thesaurus?
Yeah, that may be the most perfect conversation I've ever had. (Well, second, but that's another story :)

Oh, and no need to look up synonyms for sexy, because you'll get this:

Write on!

Sarah Allen

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12 comments:

  1. Funny! When in spelling doubt, just pick another word.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed :D And yes. Synonym is just another word for the word you use when you don't know how to spell the other one :)

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  2. I am with Alex. Later on, I may come up with the word needed, but if not? Oh well.

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    1. Exactly :D This is why I'm a fan of Thesaurus's :)

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  3. Ha ha, I get a lot of that too, since I'm the resident English professor in my group. "Hey Rachel, how do you spell conscious?" "Hey Rachel, is this grammar thing correct?" "Hey Rachel, how do I use an em dash in my dialogue?"

    I do enjoy synonyms though. I turn to them a lot, especially when I notice my descriptions or dialogue getting stale and repeating itself too much.

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    1. Haha, exactly :D Synonyms help shake things up. Stir the pot. Differentiate. You get the idea ;)

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  4. Funny, amusing, hilarious, droll, facetious, witty, comic, jocular!

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    1. Hee hee :) That made me laugh, chuckle, guffaw, chortle, giggle, crack up :)

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  5. Oh, I'm all about the synonym. As an editor, I get to enjoy suggesting them when a particular word is used too many times in a manuscript. It gives me the personal satisfaction of knowing my thesaurus (now 30 years old and often left on the shelf in favor of Googling) was $4.95 well spent.

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    1. Indeed :) Playing around with words is what makes the editing process enjoyable.

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